Pastured Eggs • Non-GMO Organic Eggs

Pastured Eggs come from chickens that have been allowed to range the open pastures of SpringWood Organic Farm..

Pastured chickens are not to be confused with Free Range Chickens. Free range chickens need only be provided access to the outdoors to qualify for the Free Range label. Pastured chickens are those that have been raised outside on the pastures with mobile chicken coops for night time roosting, shelter from the elements, feed, and water. We have been working the soil of our organic farm for 25 years. Our hens eat a varied diet of grasses, insects and worms and their pastured eggs usually have thicker shells and darker, more flavorful yolks. The eggs from our pastured hens are not certified organic eggs but all of the feed the hens eat is certified organic, soy-free, and Non-GMO. We recently moved our hens to an all certified organic feed to compliment our long standing claim of having Non-GMO eggs and soy-free eggs. Our happy hens follow our dairy herd across our certified organic pastures which we have been carefully managing for decades to maximise the building of organic matter and sequestering of carbon.

 
Non-GMO is a short way of saying “Made Without Genetically Modified Ingredients”. All feed that is certified organic is also non-GMO because certified organic law does not permit the use of GMOs.
 
 

Genetically modified grains produced using a variety of agro-chemicals are often used to feed layer hens and other animals that produce products for people to eat. Our pastured hens do not eat genetically modified or chemically doused grains.

 
 

Pastured Eggs FAQs

What makes quality pastured eggs?

Good soil is the base for good food!
 Good soil is a long-term project!
Our goal is the best soil for the healthiest plants. These healthy plants make for healthy animals and food. We have been organic and working on our soils for over 25 years. We do this with good cattle grazing management as well as spreading 1-3 tons of compost per acre along with the needed amendments/nutrients to bring a balance of air, water and active microbiology. Live food comes from live soil!

How do you know the layer feed is non-GMO and whether chemicals are used on this grain?

We source our certified organic feed from a local mill that produces only certified organic custom feeds. Organic certification by law prohibits the use of any GMOs. No chemicals are used in the growing of the grains produced under organic certification.

Why are your hens fed organic feed but the eggs are not "Certified Organic"?

Good question! The short answer is cost. We recently made the move from only "non-GMO" to a 100% certified organic feed diet for our hens. This meant a substantial increase in our egg prices. But we did cut a corner and therefor keep the cost a little lower by not going the whole way to certification. Certification was/is prevented by our purchasing conventionally raised replacement hens then starting them on organic feed when they arrive on our farm. In order to be certified organic our hens would need to be grown on organic feed from the day they hatch. Buying organic replacement hens would increase the cost of the eggs another even more than we already increased. Since the majority of our eggs are sold locally our customers trust us be honest with our feed program and we can give them 99% of the benefit of the healthier organic eggs but without quite as much cost.

A secondary but important reason for our switch to a 100% organic diet for our hens was a desire to feed our own families a diet that is as near to being 100% organic as is possible. Our children have realized sensitivities to various foods and in an ongoing effort to help them and their future health we moved all of us to organic food as much as is possible. And we believe that what is good for our family and our children is good for yours also!

How do you pasture your layer chickens in the winter time?

The short answer is that from December through most of March they are not pastured. We move the entire egg mobiles inside a turkey barn (with lots of space per bird) that is used for turkeys only in the summer and fall. We always eagerly await the warmer temps that allow the hens to be truly pastured again!

Why do you produce soy-free eggs?

There is a growing market for soy-free products and we decided to produce for this market. Please do a Google search for "Dangers of soy" and you will find plenty of info. Soy is the most efficient source of protein for poultry so when it was removed our egg production decreased and has remained lower. This is the reason for the higher price demanded for soy-free eggs.